After getting two days in a row of good weather for the first time in what seems like weeks, the Reed baseball team still couldn’t avoid having a game postponed.
Reed and Damonte Ranch played 11 innings of baseball Tuesday night at the southeast Reno school, but the game was postponed due to darkness heading into the 12th inning with the score tied at 9-9.
The game will be completed at Reed Thursday, starting at 3:45 p.m. It will be the second time this season a Raider game will be finished prior to the final game of the series.
The tough part for Reed was it was in control of the game until the bottom of the seventh when the Mustangs plated three runs to tie the game at 9-9.
“Our right fielder made a heck of a try and it bounced out of his glove,” Reed baseball coach Ray Charles said. “That would have ended the game right then, but it kicked out and they scored the run to tie it. I was more impressed with him (Jake Means) coming back and getting the next out. Jake pitched really well.”
Jake Means, who ended up pitching six innings of relief for the visiting Raiders, got into trouble in the bottom of the seventh. Justin Bridgman led off the inning with a single to right field and Alec Hernandez followed with a walk.
After a fly out by Trent Beers, Quinn Larsen drew a base on balls to load the bases.
Nate Nolan lifted a shot to center field. Reed’s Ryan Butler tracked it down on the run for the second out, but Bridgman scampered home, cutting the deficit to 9-7.
Then what every Raider fan didn’t want to happen, happened. Matt Gover sent a fly ball to right-center field. Right fielder Erik Martinez made a diving attempt but the ball deflected off the top of his glove. Gover’s double pushed across two runs, forcing the deadlock. Means came back and ended the inning with a strikeout.
Means dodged countless bullets in extra innings, keeping the home team from scoring the game-winning run. Damonte left the bases loaded in the eighth and ninth frames.
The Raiders didn’t enjoy as much luck in extra innings but did get a runner to third in both the eighth and ninth innings, before coming away empty-handed.
The Mustangs scored two runs in each of the first three innings, but Reed starter Tanner Parris pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings, while Means held Damonte without a run in the sixth.
Reed also tallied six runs in the first three innings. Roberto Velazquez and Parris had an RBI double and RBI triple respectively as part of a two-run first.
The Raiders went ahead 6-4 after a three-run rally in the third. With one out in the top of the third, Parris and A.J. Silva laced back-to-back singles and both scored when Erik Martinez smashed a double off the fence. Martinez came home on Beau Tittensor’s seeing-eye single through the hole between shortstop and third.
After the Mustangs tied it at 6-6, Reed went ahead 7-6 thanks to a Parris sacrifice fly, which knocked in Connor Cox, who had lined a single to right field to lead off the fourth.
The Raiders added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth, which prove to be much needed. An error led to one run and Martinez drove in the other with a single through the left side of the infield.